The Art of the Con: How to Think Like a Real Hustler and Avoid Being Scammed (Paperback)
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One of the world's leading and celebrated experts on con-games takes the reader through the history of cons, how they've been updated to the modern age, how they work, how to spot them, and how to protect yourself from being the victim of one.
About the Author
Part investigator and part performer, R. Paul Wilson is the world's foremost expert on cons and scams. His hit TV show, The Real Hustle, has run for eleven seasons on the BBC and been syndicated in over forty five countries. The show is studied by universities and law enforcement agencies to understand confidence games.Paul was born in Cyprus in 1969, raised in Singapore, and moved to Scotland in 1977. Since the age of eight he has studied con games, conjuring and cheating. After college, Paul was recruited by the British Army Intelligence Corps, where he served before being injured and returning to civilian life. He went on to spend ten years as a computer consultant before becoming a professional performer and speaker for clients around the world.In 2002 Paul moved into film and television as a writer, director and producer. By 2004 he found himself in front of the camera, exposing con games by performing them for real. In 2012, he presented his unique one-man show Lie. Cheat. Steal. Confessions of a Real Hustler at the famed Edinburgh Fringe Festival.Paul has written and starred in eleven seasons of The Real Hustle, created and starred in The Takedown for Court TV and created, produced, and starred in Scammed for the History Channel. He has also directed, consulted, and acted in films and TV shows, working with many A-list actors including Sylvester Stallone, Jamie Foxx, Gabriel Byrne, and Jeremy Piven, among others. He has contributed articles to newspapers and reported for the BBC's Watchdog and Crimewatch.